The Lents Green Ring project seeks to improve neighborhood safety and accessibility through placemaking and community-led advocacy. Physically speaking, the Lents Green Ring is a network of loosely connected bicycle streets with needed upgrades — like better crossings and improved signage. But more importantly, the project builds social connections in the community through placemaking projects and community programming that is accessible across cultures and geography. And ecologically, partners work to improve habitat connectivity for pollinators in both urban and natural areas in Lents.
The Lents Green Ring has been developing at the grassroots level alongside the City of Portland’s Green Loop project, and can serve as a model for how to equitably develop greenways that provide benefits for existing residents.